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Richard A. Lugo

End of Watch

May 14, 1967

On May 14, 1967, Patrol Inspector (Trainee) Richard A. Lugo and Patrol Inspector (Trainee) Bruce A. Plaskett were assigned to maintain sign cutting drag strips and deliver tire drags to selected sites. They were en route from their official station, Yuma, Arizona, to Andrade, California, when the right rear tire suddenly deflated causing a loss of control overturning the vehicle. Trainee Lugo was crushed and killed instantly.